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Incubus tour with deftones is a reunion of sorts

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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A summer tour with deftones feels a bit like old home week for the members of Incubus.

Both acts hail from northern California -- Incubus from Calabassas and deftones from Sacramento. And Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd notes that, "We used to tour with them quite a lot in the early 2000s. It was cool because we share a similar sentiment, I think, in the sincerity of the approach to making music. We both come from humble background sand humble beginnings of getting in the van and playing everything from someone's back yard to the bar to the theater to the bigger theater to the arena, that kind of thing.

"So I think we understand and resonate wtih each other around that kind of work ethic our bands have had over the years, a willingness and almost a desire to get back and pound the payment."

Boyd, 49, adds that because of that touring history "there's a lot of crossover in our audiences but there's not a lot of crossover as far as the music is concerned," with deftones tilting the scales in a heavier rock direction. But most importantly, the bands "just get on really well," Boyd says by phone from his current home in Los Angeles. "that's probably the most important thing when you're touring with another band, and that's what dictates whether you're gonna tour with a band again and again, like we have with (deftones)."

The trek, meanwhile, finds Incubus touring again after taking a short hiatus to allow the five musicians to pursue other projects. "Three or four years ago we were burnt out," reports Boyd, who launched another band, "Sons of the Sea," in 2013. "We were kind of on our last legs energetically. It's almost like we were trudging through thick mud at that point." Incubus wound up making major changes in its team, including management and record company, during the interim, and Boyd says the group has rekindled its enthusiasm again -- releasing an EP, "Trust Fall (Side A)" earlier this year with "Side B" slated to be recorded in the fall.

"Among other things (the break) really gave us a chance to get some true perspective," Boyd says. "It's really kind of making sense to me now how sort of excited we all are again about being in this band and making music together and going on the road.

"Four years ago I would be living to go to the airport and I'd be like, "(sighs} OK, let's go,' willing and able but walking with sort of heavy steps. At this point now we all can't wait to get out there. It's really fun."

Incubus, deftones, Death From Above 1979 and The Bots

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets are $29.50-$115 pavilion, $25 lawn with a $75 lawn four-pack.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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